Tony Kong

Tony Kong

Associate Professor
Room: CIS 2077
Phone: (813) 974-1879

Dejun “Tony” Kong is an associate professor in the Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department, joining the full-time faculty in August 2019. Prior to his assignment at USF, he was a tenured associate professor of management and leadership at the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business. In 2019, he was selected by Poets & Quants as one of the 40 best business school professors under the age of 40 in the world, and was named an Ascendant Scholar by the Western Academy of Management. He has taught courses on negotiation, leadership, managerial decision making, organizational behavior and culture at the undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA, and PhD levels.

His research interests include trust, negotiation, leadership, positive psychology (e.g., humor, gratitude, mindfulness), and culture. His work has appeared in numerous well-regarded journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Business Ethics, the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, the Journal of Vocational Behavior , the Journal of World Business, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, among others. He has received numerous research, teaching, and service awards. 

He earned a PhD and a MS in business administration (organizational behavior) from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. He received a bachelor’s degree in management science from Fudan University in Shanghai.


  •  Kong, D. T., Ho, V. T., & Garg, S., (in press), “Employee and coworker idiosyncratic deals: Implications for emotional exhaustion and deviant behaviors,” Journal of Business Ethics.
  • Kong, D. T., & Belkin, L. Y. (2019). Being grateful and biased: Felt gratitude as a cause of escalation bias in relational dilemmas. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 83, 88-101.
  • Kong, D. T., Cooper, C. D., & Sosik, J. J. (2019). The state of research on leader humor. Organizational Psychology Review, 9, 3-40 (lead article).
  • Cooper, C. D., Kong, D. T., & Crossley, C. D., (2018), “Leader humor as an interpersonal resource: Integrating three theoretical perspectives,” Academy of Management Journal, 61, 769-796.
  • Belkin, L. Y., & Kong, D. T., (equal authorship), (2018), “Implications of advice rejection in repeated exchanges: Advisor responses and advisee gratitude expression as a buffer,” Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 78, 181-194.


  • Associate editor, Journal of Organizational Behavior
  • Representative at large, International Association for Conflict Management
  • Member, editorial review boards of the Journal of Business and Psychology, the Journal of Management, the Journal of Trust Research, and Leadership Quarterly
  • Guest editor, Journal of Trust Research special issue on trust in negotiations and repeated bargaining
  • Former Ambassador at large, Academy of Management’s Diversity & Inclusion Theme Committee
  • Member, Academy of Management Organizational Behavior Division’s Best Paper with International Implications Award Committee 2018-2019 2019) and Making Connections Committee (2016-present)